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Afuye Emerges Ekiti Assembly Speaker



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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, inaugurated the 6th Ekiti State House of Assembly.

The new Assembly members elected the former Majority Leader, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, representing Ikere Constituency 1 as the Speaker.

They also elected Mr. Hakeem Jamiu, representing Irepodun/Ifelodun Constituency 2 as the Deputy Speaker.

The election was conducted by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Tola Esan.

Afuye was nominated as Speaker by the member representing Ado Constituency 2, Mrs. Kemi Famuagun-Balogun.

The nomination was seconded by the member representing Ilejemeje Constituency, Mr. Tope Ogunleye.

Jamiu was nominated as the Deputy Speaker Mr. Abiodun Fawekun, representing Ado/Osi Constituency 1 and the nomination was seconded by the member representing Ekiti Southwest 1, Constituency.

Member representing Ikole Constituency 1, Mr. Gboyega Aribisogan, who is a returning member, retained his position as the Majority Leader.

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The office of the Deputy Majority Leader went to Mr. Tajudeen Akingbolu, representing Ekiti West Constituency 1.

Member representing Emure Constituency, Mrs. Bunmi Adelugba emerged as the Chief Whip with the position of the Deputy Chief Whip going to the member representing Ilejemeje Constituency, Mr. Tope Ogunleye.

Afuye, a lawyer, was first elected into the Assembly in 2007 where served as House Committee Chairman on Judiciary, Action Congress (AC) Leader and Majority Leader.

At the end of the tenure in 2011, Afuye moved to the executive arm where he served under Fayemi as Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation and later as Commissioner for Regional Integration and Intergovernmental Affairs.

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